The Pramac Ducati team heads for this weekend's fifth round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, in Catalunya, with just over half the points it had scored by the same time last year.

Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet have only reached the chequered flag three times, out of a potential eight, but both are former Catalunya Grand Prix winners - Capirossi in MotoGP and de Puniet in 250cc.

Indeed, Capirossi took Ducati's first ever MotoGP win in the 2003 race and heads into this weekend in better physical shape.

"I'm really motivated," said the Italian. "I took a break and recovered the energy lost during my [shoulder] therapy after Jerez. I want to get back on my Ducati and show that we can do a good job.

"I love the Barcelona track, as it's where I got my first [win] during my previous stint aboard a Ducati. We have to be clever and study every little detail, and I hope that we'll also have some good luck."

de Puniet, winner of the 250cc race in 2003 and 2004, has been nursing a knee injury for the past two rounds and is eager to climb from 17th - and last of the full time riders - in the standings.

"I finally put aside the ill-fated race at Le Mans, and I'm ready for Barcelona," said de Puniet, who crashed out of his home race on the second lap. "I'm pretty well physically, and I hope that the bike is as well. I'm hopeful that we've made some improvements with the bike's electronics, and I can't wait to get back on the track.

"I like this circuit, even though the straight could be a little difficult for us. The important thing is to do well in practice and try to have a good race on Sunday".

As de Puniet indicated, technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini predicts the long home straight will play into the hands of the Hondas.

"We hope that Barcelona will be a redemption race for us. Both riders have always been very strong at this track," he began. "The long straightaway could certainly give all the Ducatis a hard time, as the Hondas are much stronger in such situations.

"Ducati has been working hard in recent days, and we're making a bike that works well for us. If we had managed it better, we could have obtained some good results. I know what our riders can do, and we're confident."